Oxford English Dictionary

Basic Search Tips

  1. Click on Enter OED Online icon on left side of screen
  2. Type the word you would like to define in the upper right-hand box
  3. Click on the Find Word icon to the right of the box
  4. An alphabetical word list containing the chosen word appears on the left side of screen and the main entry appears to the right
  5. To search for another word in the dictionary, simply enter that word into the box at the top right-hand corner of the screen and click on the Find Word icon
  6. Use the "*" and "?" wildcards when unsure of the word's exact spelling (i.e. archipel?go or archip* for archipelago)

Advanced Search Tips

Use Boolean searching, truncation, wildcards, and proximity limiters to enhance your search.

Boolean
AND entrepreneur and team Returns articles that contain BOTH words.
OR entrepreneur or intrapreneur Returns articles that contain EITHER word.
( ) (entrepreneur or intrapreneur) and interviews Grouped searching. Returns articles that contain EITHER word in parenthesis AND the word interviews.
Truncation
* entrepreneur* Returns articles that contain the root "entrepreneur" on its own and any variations: entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial, etc.
Wildcard
? wom?n Variants of the one letter versus an entire ending as with the asterisk. Wom?n would return articles with "women" or "woman" or "womyn".
Proximity - Words in same order
wX market x2 share Returns articles where the words market and share are no more than 2 words apart and in that order.
Proximity - Words in any order
nX market n2 share Returns articles where the words market and share are no more than 2 words apart in any order. (market share or share of the market)